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Brian Wilson's Sensational Safari
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The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Washington, D.C.
Author: Harrington, Richard
Date: Aug 26, 1995
Start Page: D.01
Section: STYLE

"I had a lot of devil after me," Brian Wilson admits early on in "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times," the brilliant Don Was-directed documentary about the deeply troubled genius behind the Beach Boys sound (it airs Sunday at 9 p.m. during the Disney Channel's free fall preview).

Wilson's words are underscored by his facial features, which are not only brutally weathered but partially twisted by a stroke. Was does not turn away from the consequences of Wilson's monstrous drug abuse and psychological crashes in the '60s and '70s, but he's more interested in Wilson's musical legacy. If anything, the 70-minute documentary seals away the problems of the past, recovers its glories and suggests that Wilson is finally re-centered in his music, his family and himself.

"I Just Wasn't Made for These Times," which takes its title from a song on the "Pet Sounds" album, is not directly about the Beach Boys. There are no group performances aside from a snippet of "Surfer Girl" from a 1963 "Ed Sullivan Show" (even then, Wilson looked uncomfortable in the limelight), and brother Carl is the only other band member interviewed (Mike Love was involved in a bitter copyright battle with Brian when the film was being made).

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